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We have presently 115 children 
in the school, a large number of 
whom are Sioux of this reservation, 
the others are Chippewas from dif- 
ferent places. At the Fort School 
there are about 200 pupils, all Cath- 
olics with few exceptions. Quite a 
number of the larger girls in that 
school have come from White Eartl 
and are former pupils of the Bene- 
dictine Sisters at St. John, Minn., 
others are from Morris, Minn. The 
Sisters in charge of those schools 
having given them up for want of 
sufficient support by the Govern- 
ment. We must say, to the credit 
of those young girls, left, as it were 
to themselves they are very earnest 
in their efforts to practice their reli- 
gion and remain faithful to their ho- 
ly Faith. When no other opportuni- 
ty offers itself they avail themselves 
of the hour of High Mass on Sun 
days, to approach the Sacraments of 
Penance and the Holy Eucharist and 
thus remain fasting till noon. May 
God strengthen them to continue. . 

We have at the Sisters' School 
here a lot of good girls from the age 
of four up to 17 and of little boys 
from three years up to 12. Several 
of our children are learning music 
which is a great encouragement for 
them, and will afterwards be of 
great service to the Church, by be- 
ing able to accompany the Mass and 
hymns which some of the old pupils 
are now doing. Our children in 
general show good will, aptitude in 
learning the different branches of 
study and also house-work so neces- 
sary for them. They vie with each 
other to see who will have the great- 
est number of merits at the end of 
each month, in order to have their 
names put on the "Roll of Honor," 
and be able to buy some little re- 

The weather is very cold here, it 
is already real winter, which makes 
the children look forward with an- 
xious but joyful hearts to the coming 
of good old "Santa Olaus." As 

Emeran says "This weather is hasten- 
ing the season of Christmas and New 
Year." However the boys have not 

yet all tiiev desire as they are de- 
prived of their favorite amusement, 
skating on account of the deep snow 
there is no means of getting around. 

1 have now given you some items 
about our school. Next time, it will 
be your turn to tell us something ft- 
bout your schools and I know you 
have many interesting news to give 
us, but, it is very seldom we receive 
any letters from the school children. 
Why is this? We are always glad to 
hear from you and your letters never 
visit the waste basket before they 
are in full print. 

We publish one to-day from St. 
Francis Mission, Rose Bud Agency, 
for which we are very grateful. 

St, Francis' Mission, 
Rosebud Agency, S. Dak. 
Oct. 23, 1896. 

Doar Rev. Father Jerome: — 
Although we do not write often to the 
"Byanpaha," we are always very much 
interested in it at St. Francis Mission, 
Ever siDce we returned from our vaca- 
tion, bur minds and hands have been 
kept busy. The new building, contain- 
ing a large dormitory, recreation hall, 
kitchen and class-room, was about fin- 
ished when we returned to school, so 
there was a great deal of moving to be 
done. Then, we had to practice for a 
little entertainment to be given in honor 
of Rev. Mother Cecilia, who came here 
on a visit from Buffalo, and Rev. Father 
Superior's name's day, which comes 
on the 16th of October, which was cele- 
brated also. Now, Father, don't you 
think we have been diligent? Well, af- 
ter having a pleasant vacation of two 
months we were very glad to come back 
to school. We enjoyed ourselves very 
uch during vacation though in differ- 
ent ways. Some of the girls liked to go 
riding on horseback, others visiting 
their companions and others again loved 
to spend their "time in reading. One girl 
said that, on the 4th of July, she read 
from 7 o'clock in the morning till 5 
o'clock in the evening. Sister said that 
waB a little too much. Ellen Prue telle 
us how she celebrated the 4th of July 
at her cousin's house. She bays: "In the 
evening we shot off some firecrackers, 
then Elmer got the dish-pan, went on 
the top of the house and began to beat 
it with all his might, while Eva played 
the accordian and I pounded tlte frying 

pan. Ida sat. there laughing heartily, 
as we could see but could not hear her, 
because we were making snch a noise." 
Now, we will tell you about tie good 
time we had this week. Very Rev. Oas- 
sidy from O'neiJ, was h< re two days ago 
and also visited our school. He asked 
ever so many questions, but we could 
not. answer them all. ''Have yon receiv 
ed the sacrament of Holy Orders?" one 
girl was asked. "Can you baptize a 
person with milk?" questioned Father 
Cassidy another girl, etc. Why, we were 
kept laughing for about 15 minutes 
without stopping. In the evening, 38 
the bright silvery moon shone above 
our heads, wo gathered aroud Father 
Cassidy, who ashed us whether we 
knew what the weight of the moon is 
Oh! dear! wo never heard of such a 
thing before, so we could make no an- 
swer. Father Cassidy explained it to 
us by relating a story, which, if you do 
not object, we will also recount to you. 
It is as follows: A monk who wanted 
to build a monastery, but had no money, 
went to a lord and told him of his in- 
tention. "I wi'l give Ja&s half of ray 
estate," said the lord, "if you answer 
the following three questions: 'What 
am I worth?' 'What is the weight of 
the moon?' What am I thinking of?" 
Those were hard nuts to crack, so the 
lord allowed several days for reflection. 
On his way home the monk met an 
Irishman, who asked him why he looked 
so sad. After the monk told his story, 
the Irishman said: "Those are easy 
questions, and if you will lend me your 
habit I will go to the lord and answer 
them for you." When the time came, 
the Irishman went to the lord, who said 
to him: Well, Father, can you answer 
my questions?" "I think I can," replied 
the Irishman. "Your first question was: 
'What am I worth?" The answer is; 
you are worth 29 pieces of silver." 
'Why?'' put in the lord. "Because." 
said the Irishman, "our Lord was sold 
for 30 pieces of silver, and you are one 
piece less." That was right. In your 
second question," continued the Irish- 
man, "you want to know what the 
weight of the moon is. The weight of 
the moon is 1 cwt., because there are 4 
quarters in the moon, and 4 quarters in 
a cwt." That was correct too. Lastly, 
said the Irishman.: "you want me to tell 
you what you are thinking uf. You are 
thinking you have that monk before 

you, but you have not. It is an Irish- 
man standing here." That was correct 
also, and the lord gave, half of his estate 
to build a monastery. 

Next month the boys will Write 
"Byanpaha." Perhaps they can tell you 
about our new Bishop's visit to St. 
Francis Mission, that is, if he comes be- 
fore that time. He wrote lately, that, 
if possible, he would come in November. 
We are all anxious to see him. 

Our good Bishop Marty is now in eter- 
nity, and, as we hope, enjoying everlast- 
ing happiness. Last May Sr. M. Rena- 
t-A died here. She was sent to Dakota 
for her health, but after being here on- 
ly about two months, we had to lay her 
in our little graveyard. It was God's 
holy will that she 6hould not live any- 
longer, so she went to Him. She was 
the first Sister that died here. Ibe 
coming month reminds us again to re- 
member in our prayers, those that have 
gone before us. 

Good bye. Please, Father, remember 
in your prayers, the 

Girls of St. Fbancus Mission, 

Bishop Marty's Heroism- 

On the Sunday preceding Bishop 
Marty's departure from this world 
a class of children had been sum- 
moned for confirmation. The eere- 
monv had been arranged to take place 
in a church nine miles distant from 
St. Cloud and accessible odIv by the 
country roads. The Bishop was urged 
and begged not to subject himself 
to the inclemency of the weather and 
the rigorous ride over the road. But 
persisting that the faithful must not 
be disappointed, he firmly refused 
to postpone the eeremonv. 

He was a dying man at the time: 
yet he gathered all his physical re- 
sources for one more work for God's 
glory, and he administered the Sa- 
crament. During the ceremony the 
strength of his arms deserted him 
and it became necessary- for an 
attendant priest to support if, whilst, 
the saintly minister signed the fore- 
heads of the children with the holy 
chrism and with the sign of the cross. 
He had grown so enfeebled that he 
had to be carried from the church to 
the rectory. That was his last episco- 
pal function, and a few davs after he 
died the death of a martvr. 


Saw a vision of the virgin 


A. Methodist Farmer Describes 

the Vision That Surprised Him 

When He Was Fishing-. 

Moses Depue. oi;e of the wealthiest and 
most staid tillers of the soil of Paha- 
quarry Township, B ividere. N. J., had 
an experience on Thuisdny of last week 
that caused his hail- to turn white, Mr. 
Depue is a deacon in the Methodist 
Church, superintendent of local Sun- 
day -school, and comes from a good, old 
Quale ->• family, his father having been 
a Colonel in the Revolutionary War. 
He has been treasurer of the towns! ip 
and member of the County Board of 

H- is a veteran fisherman, and went 
out early in tlie day on the Delaware 
River, to follow his accustomed habits. 
The morning was hazy and exceedingly 
hot, and as the old gentleman war. in tie 
Hut of hauling in a fine bass be heard a 
l> miliar liois" »[> the River. His eyes 
were at mice, riv ted on a scene t: at he 
will never forget. The following is his 
vprisoa of the scene; 

-A huge wl it ■ cloud arose apparently 
out of t'.e wa e.\ f rom which there emerg- 
ed the strains of sweet music. It floated 
upward icvei al hundtadUf 
ed to be ablaze with light. I watched 
it with intense interest, and seemed to 
be spellbound." 

•A very strange feeling come over me, 
and (he very air seemed charged with 
heavenly fragrance. Its strange shape 
form of cross, riveted me to my seat. 
As the cloud reached the height of 
about fifty feet it parted in the middle, 
and there, - in the centre, was the form 
of a be u.ifu! woman. 

•■Her fac, was radiaut with a strange 
1 gh:. her beautiful golden hair fell in 
heavy rolls over her shoulders, and a 
S in lug crown of silver adorned her 
b o.v. Tne figu.e, which was of natural 
s«i/, •. \yas robed in a garment of white 
«■ ieh reached to her feet. As the ap- 
|.i i Aoi. arose and floated over the De- 
li, wa.e I heard svvcel songs and music 
from ove, head. 

>4he figure bore a striking resem 
Uanee to po. traits of the Virgin Mary, was so in its brightness 
that 1 i.lac d ny bunds before my eyes.'" 
Wic 11 he recove.ect from his astonish- 
ment the Vit-i in had vanished, but the 
impression was so deep on his mind that 
C Will n ver b.« obliterated. H- burned 
horn., and his excited condition alarmed 
|ii« friends He told the story to his 
fa uilv, a d during the day 1 und eds of 

friend neighbors called at his 

home to learn the particulars of the 
remarkable vision. 

The old gentleman is not superstitious. 
Cor are his friends, but they cannot 
help regarding the apparition as a meal 
ing that they Cannot as yet fathom, '.'.he 
whole neighborhood is excited over the 

K s s p St r a i c, n i ■ A h i : \ D . 

10 attention to slanderers 
and gossip mooters. Keep Straight 
mi in your course, and let the back- 
biting die the death of neglect.' 
What is the use of 3\ing awake ut 
nights, brooding over the remark of 
some false friend, that runs through 
rain like lightning. 
What is the use of getting into a 
worry and fret ever gossip that has 
been set afloat to vour disad vantage 

bi some meddlesome busy body who 

has more time than character? The 
things cannot possibly injure you 
unless you take notice of them, aud- 
io combatting them give standing 
and character. If what is said about is 
true, set vourself right; if it is false, 
let it go for what it will fetch. If a 
bee, sting vou would you go to the 
hive to destroy it? Would not a 

Uuuisaeu come -eon v„a? A :s w:s 
dom to say little respecting the in- 
juries you have received. We are 
generally lookers in the end, if we 
stop to refute all the back-biting and 
gossiping we mav hear by fcl.e way; 
The-, are annoying, it is true, but 
not dangerous, so long as we do r.ot 
stop to expostulate and scold. Our 
characters are formed and sustained 
bv on. selves, by our own actions and 
purposes, and not by others. Let us 
always bear in mind that 'calumnia- 
tors may usually be trusted to time 
and tie slow but steady justice of 
puAl.o opinum."' 


i.\ particular. 


l What is the meaning of 


Purine Christmastid-i the myster- 
ies of the Incarnation and the birth 
and eh klhood of Jesus are presented 
for our contemplation, as prepara- 
tory' to our divine redemption. 

2. What portion of the ecclesi- 
! astical year does Christmastide 
' comprise? 

It comprises: i Advent, as the 
anticipation of the feast; 2. Christ- 
mas Day, or the great feast itself; 
.'$. The days between Christmas Dav 
and Candlemas Dav, as it were in 
echo or sequence of tire grea t cele- 

i. The Anticipation. 

8. What is the meaning of Ad- 

The season of Advent, embracing 
the four weeks preceding Christmas 
Day, represents the four thousand 
years during which mankind was 
compelled to await the advent, or 
coining, of the Redeemer, 

4. What is the object of Advent? 

It should enkindle within us a de- 
sire for the grace of the Redeemer- 
and ssrve as a time of humble and 
penitential, preparation for the feast 
of his birth. 

5. How does the Advent season 
serve to awai-en our desire for the 

By the celebration of the Rorate 
Mass, at the break of day, signifying 
the gloom of the long period during 
which mankind had to wait for the 
using Sun of justice. 

L his is called the Rorato Mass be- 
cause its Introit opens with the words: 
"Rorate cceli desuper, et nubes pluant 
justum" — Drop down dew, ye heavens, 
from above, and let the clouds rain the 
Just; let the earth be opened, and bud 
forth a Saviour." (Isaias xiv. 8.) 

6. What means are used by 
the Church to incite us to pen- 
ance and humility? 

The wearing of violet vestments; 
the omission of all hymns of joy, for 
example the Gloria in Exeelsis; 
and especially the study of the Sun- 
day Epistles and Gospels, which 
teach and rge penance and reform- 
ation in our lives, 

7 What feast comes in Advent? 

The feast of the Immaculate Con- 
ception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 
on which the Church commemorates 
the truth that Mary, by special divine 
deoree, and bv. signal favor obtained 
through the merits of Jesus Christ, 
from the moment of her conception 
was preserved from the stain of ori- 
ginal sin. . and was full of grace, in 
order that she might be worthy to 
become the mother of the Son of 

Tne Immaculate Conception is a festi- 

( val of the. first class, with an octave, aod 

is a day of obligation. It is the patronal 

feast of the United States, 


8. What fast-days come in Ad- 

L The three Eruber-davs of win- 
ter, in the week following the third 
Sunday of Advent; and 

2. Christmas Eve, as the immedi- 
ate preparitory fast for the feast. 

2. Christmas Day. 

9- When is Christmas Day cele- 

Christmas Day, the commemoraton 
of the birth of Our Saviour, falls 
always on the 25th day of December. 

10 Why is it called the Blessed 

Because we celebrate on the night 
that was blessed and sanctified bv 
the birth of Jesus. 

11. Why is it called Christmas? 

Because on that day the Church 
celebrates the Masses specially com- 
memorating the birth of Christ. 

12. How does the Church cele- 
brate this grand and gracious fes- 

By the celebration on that day of 

three Masses: the .first at midnight, . 
indicating the hour of Christ's birth: 
the Angels' Mass, at the break of 
day; and the Shepherds' Mass, in 
the full light of the sun. 

13- Of what are we reminded by 

these three Masses? 

1. Of the bodily birth of Jesus - 
from the Virgin Mary; 

2. Of His spiritual birth in the 
hearts of men; and 

3. Of His eternal procession from 
the bosom of the eternal Father. 

It is usual at Christmas time to repre- 
sent the birth of the infant Saviour by 
means of the so-called "crib of Bethle- 
hem." In 1226 St. Francis Assisi set- 
up the first of these cribs, for the pur- 
pose of increasing in the hearts of the 
spectators renewed love for the new- 
born Saviour. 

: The Christmas tree represents Jesus, 
as a fair and fruitful tree that was -to, 
come forth a rod «ut of the root of Jesse; 
that is, as the Son of David (Isaias xi. 1;) 
and Who through His truth, and grace 
of redemption became the light and sal- 
vation of the world. Of this light to the 
world, and of these fruits of salvation, 
we are reminded by the tapers and 
fruits on the Christmas tree, as well at, 
by the presents that are exchanged.